West Ham owner Sullivan expects play-off final victory

After missing out on automatic promotion, the joint-owner at Upton Park admits it will be a mixture of relief and elation if the Hammers defeat Blackpool at Wembley on Saturday
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan believes the Hammers have a “65 to 70 per cent chance” of winning the Championship play-off final and gaining promotion back to the Premier League.

The east Londoners face Blackpool at Wembley on Saturday afternoon in one of football’s most lucrative matches, with the winner pocketing an estimated £90million in extra future income.

And Sullivan has admitted there will be a mixture of emotions after the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion to the Premier League.

“I don’t know whether I will feel relief or elation if we go up and, if we didn’t, how upset I’d be,” Sullivan told The Times.

“I do expect to win and maybe I will be poleaxed if we don’t. As long as we are not overly complacent and don’t get any bad luck, we have between a 65 per cent to 70 per cent chance of winning.
5/2 Blackpool are 5/2 with Paddy Power to win the play-off final on Saturday.

“The supporters realise we have had a pretty good season and it will be very good if we go up. If we come out fast, we are a very good team.”

West Ham recorded a double over the Tangerines in the league this season, scoring eight goals in 4-0 and 4-1 victories, and Sullivan believes Blackpool’s attacking, open mentality could pave the way for the Hammers to gain victory.

“They are no pushover; it will be very exciting and high-scoring,” Sullivan added. “We have been sensational of late and if we had played like [that before], we would have won the division.

“What upset fans was [that] you anticipate winning when you play teams like Doncaster Rovers, Crystal Palace and Watford. Maybe we were too defensive at home.”